Register Forgot login?

© 2002-2021
Encyclopaedia Metallum

Best viewed
without Internet Explorer,
in 1280 x 960 resolution
or higher.

Privacy Policy

Great Falls / Thou

Thou / Great Falls

Fucking Kill Him! - 70%

Thumbman, December 8th, 2019

I think it's safe to say that Steve Albini is a fucking OG of the independent music scene. His unique production techniques (used most famously on bands like The Pixies and Nirvana) have had a profound impact on alternative rock, post-hardcore and, yes, indie. However, the type of indie he is associated is very much more something that developed organically out of the more down-to-earth punk and rock scenes, and not the type of ultimate-commodification-of-rock-music indie you might see on an Apple commercial. He also leads the incredible punk/noise rock/post-hardcore/whatever-the-fuck-else-you-want-to-call-them band Shellac. The incredible slinking bass of noise rock/punk song "Wingwalker" and the downright hilarious nature of "A Prayer to God" makes them pretty good bets to cover.

Thou play it surprisingly close to the original. They sound more like a grimy 90s rock band that came out of the punk scene than a sludge group. And that's ok - they do a really good job with it. It may not be that far removed from the original but it's very enjoyable to listen to. Just like the original, that awesome bass line proves to be the standout of the song. The split is rounded out with Great Falls' version of "A Prayer to God." This one does not play it close to the hardcore-rock of the original. It's a big filthy sludge track inflected with near-constant bursts of feedback. It comes off like a very rough Weedeater demo or something with its groggy slow and heavy, but also accessible and bouncy, groggy sludge riffs. The harsh vocals are pretty good, and it's instrumentally it's well performed. The humour of the original song is not completely lost. However, Great Falls find themselves overshadowed by Thou.

Steve Albini actually does have a connection to the sludge scene - he has recorded every Neurosis album since 1999's Times of Grace. I'm not too surprised there's a sludge tribute to his band. A sludge mainstay and another sludge group I've admittedly never heard of do a good job at paying homage to a legend. Thou's cover might be cut too close to the original, and Great Falls not quite as memorable, but it's a good effort. (P.S. please bring back your cooking blog, Steve. It was actually pretty awesome, but seems to have been offline for a while.)